Fox News cable news ratings have collapsed after the network took top-rated host Tucker Carlson off the air in late April. Things have gotten so bad at the network that longtime host Sean Hannity is struggling to win his own timeslot on most nights.

As noted by AdWeek, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow beat Hannity in the 8 PM ET time slot on Monday, bringing in 2.40 million total viewers compared to his 1.95 million.

Last Friday, Hannity barely won his timeslot when he brought in 1.34 million total viewers compared to CNN’s “Primetime” getting 416,000 and MSNBC’s “Wagner Tonight” getting 1.12 million.

Hannity’s primetime show has been feeling the heat since Carlson was abruptly ousted.

Hannity’s show, which got up to nearly 2 million in the final weeks of May, has fallen to around a 1.7 million average in July so far. For comparison, Hannity’s primetime show averaged around 3 million each night before Carlson’s departure.

After dominating cable news ratings for years, Fox News was knocked from its top perch by left-wing rival MSNBC in key time slots.

“Nielsen data regarding the week ending this past Sunday was shared on Twitter on Tuesday by A.J. Katz, a reporter specializing in the cable news business. According to the data, Fox’s primetime 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET viewership averaged 1,504,429. The average viewership for the more left-leaning MSNBC over the same time frame averaged 1,520,857, narrowly beating out the conservative network that has long been a leader in cable news viewership,” Newsweek reported.

Fox News has maintained an impressive streak of 120 weeks as the leader in average weekly primetime viewership, falling just short of two years and four months.

The last time the network did not secure the top spot in weekly viewership was in mid-February 2021.

Fox News revealed its brand new prime-time lineup last week and now one host is sharing an update with fans.

Popular host Jesse Watters says his “Jesse Watters Primetime” program will continue to cover stories the mainstream media ignores when it officially moves to 8 p.m. ET. Watters said his show is “in touch with the American people” unlike many other news outlets, Fox News reported


Fox News announced its brand new prime-time lineup and revealed who will be taking over Tucker Carlson’s old time slot.

In a press release, the network revealed that Jesse Watters will take the 8 p.m. slot, directly replacing Carlson. Laura Ingraham will move from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sean Hannity will stay at 9 p.m. and Greg Gutfeld will move to 10 p.m. Longtime news anchor Trace Gallagher will move up to 11 p.m.

“A rotating cast of hosts stepped in to replace Carlson after he was abruptly fired from Fox News one week after it reached a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems over the airing of 2020 election lies. The ratings dipped significantly from the Carlson era, who in his seven years helming Tucker Carlson Tonight emerged as a controversial but popular host at the network,” Mediaite reported.

“Watters joined Fox News two decades ago, working his way up from production assistant to on-air commentator on Bill O’Reilly’s hit prime-time show. In recent years, he has become one of the most-watched personalities on the network, as co-host of the top-rated show The Five and solo host of his program Watters’ World, which debuted in the 7 p.m. slot in 2022,” the outlet added. “Perhaps the biggest shake-up is moving the top-rated late-night show Gutfeld from 11 PM to an hour earlier.”

Since being taken off the air, Carlson has begun posting short monologues to Twitter, which Fox says is a violation of his contract.

The network has sent him a cease-and-desist letter, though so far, he has refused to do so, arguing that Fox violates their contract with him.

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